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Is it necessary to remove false teeth/dentures during giving birth? why?

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Dr. Peter Karsant
Dentistry 39 years experience
Maybe: If they fit well and you are having natural child birth probably not however many women get nausea and vomit during delivery especially if a c-section is performed. It is up to you but be prepared to remove them if necessary.
Dr. Sam Markzar
Periodontics 27 years experience
Removing dentures...: While removing dentures are a routine process for any extensive hospital based surgery , there is no absolute necessity to do so, unless they are small, and that increases the danger of swallowing, and choking on them. Also u should sign a release form, saying that if u break them at time of delivery, they are not responsible
Dr. Gustavo Ruiz de Castilla
Periodontics 32 years experience
Safety: There is always the risk of having complications during delivery. If they have to do an emergency c-section for instance, the may need to intubate (place a tube into your trachea) to deliver general anesthesia. They just want to make sure the airways are clear and readily accessible if the need to intervene may arise.
Dr. Irving Lebovics
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Thanks for asking!: It may not be necessary if thay fit well. If you need a c-section you would have to remove them for the anesthesioligist.
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
Not necessarily: If you are awake and they are stable and retentive you should be ok. If you will be under general anesthesia then they shoul be removed, as they might become dislodged during intubation/suctioning.

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